Many people make use of GTA 5 cheats and exploits to progress through the game faster, and while this isn’t a problem when playing offline, Rockstar is declaring war on everyone who’s doing it in GTA Online. According to a recent blog post from Rockstar officials, GTA Online will be coming down for awhile, allowing the developers to clean up:
“In recent weeks, a small number of Grand Theft Auto Online players sought to exploit the game by generating and distributing game-breaking amounts of in-game cash, disrupting the experience for other players.(Updated)
We will continue to issue title updates on an ongoing basis to counter the negative impact this has had on gameplay, and as part of today’s maintenance period, we are removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game’s economy. Anyone who innocently received GTA$ as a result of these exploits but did not engage in cheating to acquire it will not face any further action – the funds will just be removed, and you’ll be able to keep any items you currently own.
Those who actively engaged in cheating and exploiting the game in this manner will, however, be subject to in-game penalties at our discretion. This may include being placed in isolated cheater pools or banned from GTA Online altogether.”
Basically, Rockstar will remove any money obtained from players that used exploits or cheats to generate income. If you yourself were not using GTA 5 cheats in the game’s online mode, you will not risk a ban or any sanction, and you will get to keep your in-game possessions, losing only your illegally obtained money. However, those that did make use of various GTA 5 cheats to generate illegal money will probably get severe penalties. Rockstar’s goal of removing money obtained via cheats and exploits should come as no surprise, as part of the company’s current income would normally come from in-game micro-transactions.
Here’s a detailed FAQ
from Rockstar, explaining how exactly they aim to interfere against cheaters and try to re-balance the in-game economy. If these measures will result in your balance being wiped completely clean, Rockstar will compensate by adding enough funds to allow you to keep enjoying the GTA Online features.